World watches Montgomery riverfront brawl

Though it’s playing out on video as “Black Aquaman” meets the “Boston Tea Party,” it’s not a summer blockbuster movie.

The world continues to watch as a relaxing Saturday on the Alabama River turned into anything but at Montgomery’s Riverfront Park — when a group of white boaters beat a single Black dock worker, rather than move their pontoon boat.

“Last night, the Montgomery Police Department acted swiftly to detain several reckless individuals for attacking a man who was doing his job,” Montgomery Mayor Steven L. Reed said Sunday in a release on social media. “Warrants have been signed and justice will be served.”

Montgomery police said they responded to a disturbance at the 200 block of Coosa Street at 7 p.m. According to MPD, a large group of people were fighting. Several were detained, MPD said.

The fight MPD referred to — which according to video appears to be between the white boaters and a mostly Black group — was in the aftermath of the beating.

It’s an incident that’s taken on a life of its own. Along with the many posts of photos and videos, the dock incident has inspired different groups to come out with t-shirts. One from JWalk Creations shows a photo of Rosa Parks on a bus with the quote “Have a Seat!” in 1955. Below it is an image of a white suspect on the dock being hit with a metal folding chair: “Have a Seat!” 2023.

Other groups are offering shirts, like’s “Montgomery Made the Ancestors Proud 8-5-2023” and She Tutucute Creations’ “Don’t Try Us!!!”

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